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Warning shots fired at anti-mobilization protest in Dagestan

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Makhachkala, Sep 26: Police in the southern Russian region of Dagestan fired warning shots on Sunday to disperse people protesting the partial mobilization of army reservists to be sent to the war in Ukraine.

According to local media reports, the protest flared up in response to the call-up of 110 men from the village of Endirey, with a population of 8,000, to fight in Ukraine. Residents of the village had also blocked a road to prevent authorities from entering.

Warning shots fired at anti-mobilization protest in Dagestan

Videos show security forces shooting into the air and scuffles between local residents and the police.

'No to war' in Makhachkala

Dozens of videos posted to social media also showed confrontations with police in the regional capital, Makhachkala, as protesters chanted "no to the war."

One video showed a group of women chasing away a police officer, while several clips showed violent clashes, including police sitting on protesters, as police attempted to make arrests.

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Dagestan, a Muslim-majority region located on the shores of the Caspian Sea in the mountainous north Caucasus, is one of the Russian regions from which the most men are currently being conscripted.

Targeting minorities

Activists complain that members of minorities are particularly targeted during the mobilization campaign in Russia.

Research from the BBC's Russian service identified at least 301 soldiers from Dagestan who had died in the war — more than in any other Russian region and more than 10 times as many as had hailed from Moscow, which has a population five times higher.

Russia has not provided any regional breakdowns on its military casualties.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that nearly 6,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since February 24. The Ukrainian military reports 56,700 Russian casualties.

Source: DW

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